With Wales in final preparations against their trip to Italy to feature in their clash with Italy, they will be looking to ensure that all players are in top-notch fitness levels ahead of the game.
Taulup Faletau, Wales’s inspirational number eight, is being given enough time to prove his fitness levels before they make the trip for the Six Nations match coming up this weekend.
During the November internationals the Bath player was in superb form. However since their defeat in late December to the Wasps, he has been unable to feature for Bath ever since then.
According to Coach Shaun Edwards, Faletau will be assessed once again by Wednesday. This done, a decision will then be taken on whether he would be in the game or not.
He has seen a lot of progress in recent times but at the moment, he remains a big doubt for the clash holding in Rome. Rob Howley, the stand-in boss will hope to start the competition with a winning in the absence of Warren Gatland.
Edwards, who spoke on the case of the player, hopes Faletau would be fit in time for the game. He didn’t however rule out the possibility of getting a replacement for him if it doesn’t go as hoped. Continue reading →
Captain of the Italian Rugby team, Sergio Parisse was recently given a three week ban and will miss Saturday’s Test against Tonga.
In their 20-18 win over South Africa last weekend in Florence, Parisse had earned an Italian record 121st
cap. He however, got sanctioned in an incident in his club side game for French Top 14 club, StadeFrancais, on November 5 against Bordeaux.
The French club of leagues had found him guilty of involuntarily hitting the face of an opponent with his foot in the game.
A short statement signed by the Italian rugby federation (FIR) had said,
“Parissehas been suspended for three weeks by Top 14 disciplinary officials. The Italy captain will miss Saturday’s Test against Tonga.”
Conor O’Shea, Italy’s coach had announced his lineup for Tuesday’s Tonga Test with Parisse included, while only one change was made to the squad that stunned their South African counterparts.
However, announcing a revised squad for the Test on Thursday, O’Shea named flanker, Simone Favaro as the captain for the game, while to replace Parisse, was Andries Van Schalkwyk who steps in at No. 8 Continue reading →
Danny Wilson, the Cardiff Blues chief, believes that Scarlets-bound Rhys Patchell will be totally focused on his present employers when the 2 regions meet in Llanelli later on Saturday afternoon. Whilst his transfer is due to go ahead in September, ahead of the new season, for now Patchell is a Scarlets player – Wilson anticipates that there would not be any split up loyalty from Patchell.
Patchell is shifting from his home area to the Scarlets in the coming season after revealing his wish to play regular rugby at outside-half, with the Blues telling him to that he’d have to play at full-back as they attempt to conciliate for Gareth Anscombe. Continue reading →
Jim Mallinder is all set to make late calls on his side’s injury victims ahead of Saturday’s battle with Saracens. Last Sunday, Luther Burrell and Dylan Hartley missed loss at the Wasps with head injuries, while Kieran Brookes and Lee Dickson picked up knocks during the tough fight.
All four players carry on to go through the accidental injury protocols before Champions Cup quarter-finals this weekend. And Mallinder would not rule any of them in or out while talking to the media on Wednesday. Continue reading →
Relegation talks might be on but Sergio Parisse is slamming them out. Being captain of the Italian rugby team, he is confident that things will change with a new coach team in place who would begin working with the team this summer.
Conor O’Shea from Harlequins is being favored for the position as head coach for Italy. Conor is presently on his way out from the director of rugby position in Harlequins. If the succession happens, he would be replacing Jacques Brunel as head coach.
Brunel has been having it tough as the defeat against Wales for Italy at a score of 67-14 has been difficult to digest for the management and the followers. Brunel would now be heading to French Top 14 club, Bordeaux-Begles. Here he would be taking up the role of a forward coach. Continue reading →
Sergio Parisse is a renowned rugby player who has already shown his captaincy skills for French team that was named as Stade Francais.
He is currently the existing captain of the national rugby team of Italy. There are many good players in the rugby team across the world and Sergio Parisse is one amongst them as he plays exceptionally well and stands up for his team. Nick Mallett chose to bring Sergio Parisse as a replacement for Marco Bortolami so as to bring a new chapter in the Italian rugby history as the player has been of the best performer in the campaign that was held last year.
The rugby player, who is currently 32, has still managed to remain as a strong player in the Italian rugby team. It is not clear on how long he would continue to play and it will certainly not be easy for Italians to cope with his news of retirement.
Stade Francais performance in this season has just been fair. Gonzala Quesada, the former Argentina player and coach explained the reason behind his success during the beginning of this season of rugby. The player had set a framework that helped him to train and work when he made his arrival at Stade. Some of the things he focused on included respecting squad and his playing philosophy. He has also created the space for his players within the framework so that they feel responsible for the destinies that they create for themselves. Continue reading →